Duquesne University School of Law

New Student Technology Guide

Information Technology Resources for Admitted/Incoming Students



Though owning a laptop is not mandatory, it is highly advised that you purchase a new laptop for your time at law school. 99% of our current students have a laptop computer with a 50/50 split between Windows-based and Mac-based laptops. We recommend using whatever operating system you are most comfortable with. Note that there is a $1,000 computer allowance in the total cost of attendance so that a new laptop could be obtained through your financial aid package.

Recommended for new laptop purchases:

  • PC/Windows - Name brand (Dell, Samsung, Sony)- Windows 7 or 8.1, 250GB SSD (solid state hard drive), at least 4 GB RAM (memory)
  • Apple/Mac - At least a 13 inch size screen (MacBook Pro or MacAir) with at least 128 SSD, at least 4 GB RAM. AppleCare 3-year warranty.

Note:  CD/DVD Drives are generally no longer needed. Windows XP, Vista are not supported, nor is Mac OS 10.5 or earlier



Your Duquesne MultiPass Account

To securely access a number of Duquesne University systems you must first set up your account username and password, also known as your MultiPass. To establish your account, go to www.duq.edu/multipass and select 'Setup MultiPass' and follow the prompts to establish your account. If you need assistance, please contact the Help Desk at 412-396-4357. Note that your MultiPass password must be changed every 6 months.

Your Email Account

Your Duquesne email account is your primary means of communication between you and your instructors and classmates, as well as the official means for the University to communicate with you regarding account and billing information. Your email address will be: username@duq.edu. View the instructions to set up email on your smartphone, tablet or laptop. 

Lexis, West Law and Bloomberg Law

Students will receive accounts to access these commonly used law research databases.




Microsoft Office (Office 365 Suite)

As a member of the Duquesne University community, you are entitled to download and install 5 licensed copies of the latest version of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.). You may also install Office 365 Suite on your iPad or other mobile devices. 

Microsoft Office download and installation instructions

File/Data Backup

To prevent the loss of important papers, projects and research, you will want to have a file/document backup strategy. There are a number of free and inexpensive cloud-based products available that can automatically backup your documents once installed and configured.

  • Microsoft OneDrive for Business (unlimited storage is free through your Duquesne email account)
  • Drop Box (third-party vendor, allows you to get to all your files from anywhere, on any device, and share them with anyone)

Campus Computer Store

As a Duquesne University student, you are eligible for discounted prices on a wide variety of computer equipment and accessories. Photo of the inside of the Duquesne Computer StoreThe Duquesne Computer Store is located in the Student Union (next to the School of Law building) on the 2nd floor. 

The store also can repair and troubleshoot laptop hardware/software problems for reasonable fees.



Wireless Network

The entire School of Law and campus is equipped with wireless Internet access. Duquesne University's wireless network, named DuqNet, requires that you to authenticate with your MultiPass username and password. Do not connect to DuqNet Guest - it is a network for vendors and visitors. 

Taking Exams on a Laptop

If you own a laptop, you will be able to complete exams using our ExamSoft software (the same software that is used for the PA Bar Exam).

Public Computers

Over forty public computers are available throughout the Law Library for your use. 


The Law Library is home to two print centers (rooms 117 and 218B) which are connected to the public computers. Students can also install the Pharos software to print from their personal laptops. Students can print up to 3,000 pages per academic year at no cost (MultiPass username and password authentication required). If you reach this limit yet still have printing needs, additional pages may be conditionally approved by sending an email request to lawit@duq.edu

Scanning and Multimedia

Document, photo scanners, image editing and OCR software can also be found in the print centers.

Electrical Power Outlets

Each classroom seat is equipped with an electrical outlet, as well as all study tables and carrels in the Law Library so you will be able to power/charge your laptop and/or other mobile devices.


Study Tools


CALI provides a collection of over 850 interactive, computer-based lessons covering over 45 legal education subject areas. A CALI Authorization Code is required. You will need your MultiPass credentials to access the CALI code.


Additional Online Resources

Duquesne Online Resources & Information (DORI)

DORI is Duquesne University's online portal and your connection to a wealth of information, including news, course schedules and grades. MultiPass authentication is required.


Blackboard is the course management system used by faculty members as an online learning component for supplementing traditional classroom instruction. Access Blackboard. MultiPass authentication is required.


SharePoint is a web-based collaboration tool used by the School of Law for online forms, document-sharing and securely storing other information. A link to SharePoint can be found under the Login menu in the top right side of the School of Law website. 


Getting Help 

CTS Help Desk (Problems with Your MultiPass or Wireless Access)

The Computer Technology Services (CTS) department has a walk-in service desk on the 2nd floor of the Student Union.

CTS Contact Information

412-396-4357 or 1-888-355-8226


School of Law IT Department

Problems with equipment in the law school (computers, printers, A/V equipment, etc.) should be reported by sending an email to:  lawit@duq.edu